How to Play Heroscape Tutorial
How to Play Heroscape
Heroscape is an amazing figure-based fantasy game based on battles between characters from all time frames. This includes fantasy figures as well as characters like 1776 minutemen, WWII airborne, Matrix-type agents, robots, undead and so on. Also included are mini-games with Marvel and DnD.
Characters.First of all, range characters tend to be better then melee characters, figures like Syvarris are devastating thanks to his range and double attack ability. Height gives stat boots, which are easier to acquire for range figures. However, range characters tend to be more fragile and need protecting, squad of tough characters like the Knights or Kyrie Squads. Soulborgs work well as protection too, and have great range in most cases.
Board elements.Note which board elements are in play and choose characters that play well with those. For example, the Microcorp Agents are awesome if there is a lot of water on your board; the Obsidian Guards gain a ranged attack in lava, and if you have a road on the board, the Dumutef Guard is actually a pretty good use of 25 points. If you have a lot of variable height terrain, make sure to get some characters with range. The best of these are the Krav Maga Agents, the Airborne Elite, and, again, Syvarris. Ranged characters like Massachusetts Line are devastating as defensive units thanks to their Wait Then Fire ability. The characters are all well-balanced, and each has their own uses, there really aren't any figures that are hands-down better than any others. Your playing style, the map, and the rest of your army impacts the "worth" of the figures more than anything.
Building the board.Try to get a lot of height variance in your board, because playing on a flat field does not allow characters to take advantage of their abilities. Make sure you build in ways to get to the top of hills other than flying--most characters cannot climb higher than their height, and Syvarris is not as good if he's standing in a field as if he's standing on a hill. Place trees to block lines of sight TO each starting spot, but that do not block sight lines FROM each starting spot.
Use combinations.Several squads have the power of "bonding", which allows them to move certain heroes before moving themselves. The Knights work very well with Sir Denrick here, for example, as you can move two sets of figures this way, Sir Denrick can take a turn, followed by the Knights of Weston. Its best to have a backup squad of knights so that if you lose the first squad, you don't lose a turn with Sir Denrick. Back them up with Kyrie heroines if you can. Other good combinations are Syvarris and Taelord, the Gruts along with Grimnak and Krug or another Beast, and the Scotsmen (whose attack increase as their chosen champion takes damage, making them some of the best melee fighters in the game).
Soulborgs.Soulborgs are cool-- be warned, they are tough and an all-Soulborg team often wins every battle if played right. Any Major with "Q" in the name is rightly to be feared.
Gorillinators.These guys are wearing plate armor. Although they look like apes, they are actually highly intelligent alien species from the planet Marr. They receive automatic shields when rolling for defense, making them vary tough when combined with their range and fast movement.
Water.Make sure to put some water on every board. Otherwise, no one will ever play the Marro Warriors, Microcorp Agents, or Vipers. And that would be too bad.
- Game types: Race to the finish, race opposite ways to each other's starting spot, capture the flag
- Don't let your kids or dogs get the pieces.
- Heroscape can be a slightly expensive game, depending on how large you want your collection to be and your own personal finances.
- Not intended for internal use.
- Heroscape is not a collectible game. It is an expandable game.
Things You'll Need
- Heroscape can be purchased at most giant stores, as well as online. One figure, "Nerak, the Glacial Swog-Rider", was a promo fig from the fall of 2005, and is more-or-less only available at this point on Ebay. But you really don't need it. Seriously. It ain't worth . Trust me.
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